Body image and self-esteem are distinct but intertwined concepts that both contribute to our mental and emotional health and well-being (or lack thereof). Let's look at these two ideas and how they're related.
What Exactly Is Body Image?
The way we think and feel about our bodies is referred to as body image. It encompasses both our mental image of oneself and our feelings regarding that image. Body image also refers to how in touch we are with our bodies and their requirements.
A negative body image is associated with low self-esteem and self-confidence, as well as an increased risk of eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. A positive body image, on the other hand, fosters confidence and self-esteem, and makes people more likely to engage in healthy self-care practices such as eating well, exercising regularly, sleeping enough, and engaging in other healthy behaviors.
What Exactly Is Self-Esteem?
Self-esteem refers to a person's entire sense of worth and value. A good sense of self-esteem allows a person to go through life with confidence and work hard to achieve their objectives. People with low self-esteem are more likely to have poor mental health because of incorrect or limited views about their own abilities or value.
People who have a strong sense of self-worth like and value themselves. They are aware of their talents and flaws at the same time. Failure does not scare someone with a healthy sense of self-esteem since they understand that negative experiences do not define them. They can also communicate their own demands and say "no" when necessary.
When someone has poor self-esteem, on the other side, they may find it difficult to express their demands, dread failure, and be unable to say "no." People who have low self-esteem may also be resistant to receiving comments. Even the most moderate critique can feel like confirmation of one's underlying unworthiness when one doesn't feel worthy.
Genetics, family relationships, and life experience all have a role in self-esteem.
What Is the Relationship Between Body Image and Self-Esteem?
Although body image and self-esteem are two distinct attributes, they are intertwined. We live in our bodies, and it's difficult to have good self-esteem if you don't like who you are on the inside. Furthermore, worrying about your appearance might deplete your mental energy, leaving you with less brainpower for other tasks, further decreasing your self-esteem.
A healthy sense of self-esteem can help you disregard negative messages about your body from friends, family, and the media, while a bad body image can lower your self-esteem. These two qualities complement each other, and increasing one can improve the other.
Treating yourself with the same kindness you would extend to your best friend is a great first step toward improving both your sense of self-esteem and your body image. Turning off your negative self-talk, having compassion for yourself when things go wrong, and taking care of your physical and emotional needs are all examples of being kind to yourself.
Hello and welcome to Wholesome Venus! I am Lola James and it's great to meet you. As as a former case manager for domestic violence programs, I am an advocate for self-care and female empowerment.